Pop Music

Lily Allen shares her thoughts exactly

When British pop provocateur Lily Allen — who plays the East Bay…

Shirley Manson, Garbage busy reminiscing

When Shirley Manson decided to document her years in Butch Vig’s alt-rock…

Vaccines score with ‘Combat Sports’

British rockers The Vaccines corrected their course on “Combat Sports,” a knockout…

First Aid Kit back in action with ‘Tender Offerings’

Klara Soderberg is pretty plain spoken about the chaotic pace of life…

Ben Gibbard has fun making new music with old fans

Ben Gibbard could have been one of the saddest men in the…

Janet Jackson to join Metallica in Civic Center benefit concert

Missed Janet Jackson at Outside Lands? Catch her at 8 tonight at…

Matthew Morrison kicks off Bay Area Cabaret’s 15th season

It’s early in the day when Matthew Morrison comes to the phone…

Yungblud talks politics on ‘21st Century Liability’

British rap-rocker Dominic Harrison (aka Yungblud), who got little heart tattoos on…

Rob Paulsen of ‘Animaniacs’ fame: Laughter is best medicine

Rob Paulsen, the man behind some of the most beloved TV cartoon…

A few words about critters with English Beat’s Dave Wakeling

At 61, San Fernando-Valley-based Brit Dave Wakeling knows how surreal it sounds…

Jonathan Wilson revels in rock ‘n’ roll classicism

North Carolina-bred, Los Angeles-based tunesmith and producer Jonathan Wilson has found his…

Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers celebrate five decades

Not many musicians can make the claim that Scotsman Roy Gullane can:…

The music is gonna get you ‘On Your Feet’

There’s a conga line of late-bloomer-Boomer-era song stylists like the Temptations (“Ain’t…

Broadway vet Jason Mraz on the road with new album

Ever since he strummed acoustic on the San Diego coffeehouse circuit nearly…

Tom Odell’s most recent inspiration: suburbia

Looking back at his first two albums -- 2013’s “A Long Way…

LVL UP takes a victory lap

LVL UP, beloved indie rockers who produced three nearly-perfect albums of cathartic…

Andrew WK is back making music

When New York metalhead Andrew W.K. conjured up his majestic wall-of-noise debut…

It’s not news: Mary Ramsey sings with 10,000 Maniacs

Mary Ramsey still finds it hard to believe, with all of today’s…

Songwriting course leads to label deal for Tom Walker

Mancunian folk-rocker Tom Walker admits he was something of a late bloomer…

Paul Young: Being on the road ‘eases the pain’

After losing his wife Stacey to brain cancer earlier this year, singer…